Public Health Min taking steps to prevent rabies outbreak


Bangkok – The Ministry of Public Health has instructed the Department of Disease Control to give anti-rabies vaccinations to people and animals to prevent a wider outbreak.

According to Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the Department of Disease Control continues to provide anti-rabies vaccinations free to the general public after a number of infected animals were recently reported.

He claimed that people pay little attention to the severity of the virus. In the past, the majority of rabies patients succumbed to the disease because there were no medicines. Now, anyone bitten by a cat or dog is advised to seek medical attention immediately.

Vaccinations are being provided in 13 affected provinces.

In Chiang Rai province, a survey is now underway to determine the number of doses needed. Animals without an owner are likely to be sterilized to keep their population under control and prevent rabies transmissions.

  • cdnski12

    The various Thai Govts don’t do enough to promote spaying female dogs. In our Issan village only 1 retired English teacher lady has 2 beautiful Spayed Collie Dogs. I see her walking them along our soi every few days. She usually stops for a short chat, as she is fluent in English. She told me that Buddhists don’t like to spay their animals. It’s unfortunate; as all the bitch dogs have 2-3 litters a year. It really is pathetic.